By Noe Robert, University year program student from France, hosted at Pune

(Photo Above: During Diwali with host brother)

“Diwali festival impressed me by its size and how all Indians gather together by lighting firecrackers, filling the night with lights and making the day longer. I’ve been surprised by the rituals during the morning, to being oily and remove it with a special soap; I’ve loved cooking the special sweets and snacks; once again it has showed me how Indian culture is different from France’s, how religion is a huge part of this culture, and I’m so glad to have discovered and still discover it. Thank you AFS!”